OverviewThe course will be divided into two parts. The first, in weeks 1 to 6, will consider the law relating to the free movement of persons within the European Union. This will include a treatment of the law of nationality, of the main specific rights of personal movement within the European Union and of the implications of European Union citizenship for rights of personal movement.
The second part of the course, in weeks 7 to 10, will examine the emergence of a common immigration policy at the level of the European Union. This will include a treatment of the rights of personal movement of non-European Union nationals within the European Union, of the early steps in the co-ordination of national immigration policies, and of the implications of the 'Immigration Chapter' inserted into the European Community Treaty in 1999.
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Method of assessment
The method of assessment will be a written essay of 3000-4000 words. The essay title may be chosen from a list provided by the convenor during the term. Alternatively, students will be encouraged to devise their own essay topic within the subject-mater of the course, and in consultation with the convenor. The essays will be due for submission by the last day of the relevant term.
The process of essay-writing will both develop and test students' capacity for analysis of the law relating to the free movement of persons and immigration policy in the European Union, and of its wider implications. The process of essay-writing will also promote the acquisition by students of the capacity to engage in independent research and thought in the field. To this end, the convenor will be available to discuss the students' essays, and in particular to help plan the essay's structure and the research which will be undertaken prior to its completion.
The required reading will be the seminar reading which is indicated for each week.
The seminar reading will be varied and include judgments, official documents, textbook and monograph commentary and journal articles. All of this material will be available in the Library. Where possible, students will also be given references to electronic sources.
Students will also be provided with recommended reading lists for all parts of the course, based on material available to them in the Library or by electronic means. This will be of particular relevance to the writing of essays.
The specific aims and objectives of the course are to enable students to acquire the following capacities:
• familiarity with the main legal principles governing the movement of persons within the European Union
• familiarity with the main legal principles governing the development of a common immigration policy at the level of the European Union, and the main elements of that policy
• the ability to access the primary and secondary sources of European Union law in so far as it relates to the free movement of persons and the European Union's emerging common immigration policy. This material will be accessed both in hard copy and, where appropriate, in electronic form
• the ability to analyse the primary and secondary sources of European Union law relating to the free movement of persons and immigration policy in order to obtain an understanding of its content and implications
• an understanding of the political and economic background to European Union law relating to the free movement of persons and immigration policy
• the ability to engage in independent research and thought on the free movement of persons and immigration policy in the context of the European Union
In addition, the course will contribute to the acquisition by students of the following general capacities:
• to access primary and secondary European Union legal material in hard copy and electronic form
• to analyse primary and secondary European Union legal material to establish its implications for legal rules
• to evaluate the political and economic origins and implications of European Union policies, and to defend this evaluation against alternative points of view
• to communicate, both orally and in writing, the content of legal principles and evaluation of legal principles